In Progress: Oaktown 4, Twinks 1 in the Fourth

I’m getting ready to leave work early so I can claim a spot in front of the big screen on what is sure to be a busy Friday at my friend’s bar.  While brushing up on the latest happenings, I noticed that Eric Chvez and Milton Bradley are making life miserable for Carl Pohlad.  Tori Hunter homered to put the TCTs on the board.  At least they will have an excuse if they get swept since they had to play NY if they wanted to win.  You still think they have "a good chance to go all the way," Carl?

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  • I’ve seen weird(er) things happen to the A’s…no chicken counting as of yet.

    Brad October 6, 2006, 5:25 pm
  • And err, if they manage to come back, isn’t Harden going to pitch game 4?
    That is going to be rough for whoever they get in the ALCS..

    Lar October 6, 2006, 5:26 pm
  • I agree, I think this A’s team is the most complete team in the playoffs.

    Brad October 6, 2006, 5:29 pm
  • I have a friend who is an A’s lifer. Big guy, big laugh, gets louder with each drink. By the end of the night his voice will blow out windows. There few things funnier than getting him going on the topic of A’s post-season failures.

    attackgerbil October 6, 2006, 5:29 pm
  • Tonight’s Yanks/Tigers matchup can’t be beat, particularly not in the category of “starting lefthanded pitchers who are also grumpy camera-shoving a-holes”. Can I root for both guys to lose?

    SF October 6, 2006, 5:52 pm
  • Interesting from Joe Sheehan at BP today:
    “Any time a .340 hitter offers you an out, you take it and thank him profusely. Jeter does this all the time. I don’t think he’s doing it to burnish his reputation, I think he’s doing it because someone told him a long time ago that it was winning baseball, and no one’s told him otherwise since.
    This isn’t Little League. This isn’t college. This isn’t 1905. Great hitters put runs on the board by swinging the bat, not by passing the baton to the next guy in the lineup. I know that Derek Jeter is the Teflon Shortstop, but he’s wrong in his persistence in sacrificing bunting, and he was egregiously wrong today. A sharp single to left might have helped the Yankees put the game away early.”
    I didn’t notice any threads about Jeter’s poor work yesterday, unsurprisingly.

    SF October 6, 2006, 5:59 pm
  • SF: I’m surprised to not see more articles to that effect as well. Check out the Game II recap. In the post, I mentioned his blunder regarding the bunt, and again in the comments regarding the E, wondering if he would get the same kind of scrutiny as he had received adoration the day before, but that thread didn’t gain much traction.

    attackgerbil October 6, 2006, 6:10 pm
  • Reyes just intentionally walked Thomas with two outs and no one on, with Chavez, who has doubled and homered already today, coming up behind him. Amazing.

    attackgerbil October 6, 2006, 6:30 pm
  • Chavez alks. Crain relieves Reyes. Payton safe on Morneau’s fielding error. Bases loaded to Swisher. Swisher walks, pushing the run across. Oakland now leads 5-2. Scutaro up.

    attackgerbil October 6, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • Scutaro doubles and empties the bases. Oakland 8, Minnesota 2, bottom of seven. Gardenhire should IBB Thomas again if Oakland bats around to him again this inning. Tin Cup-ish.

    attackgerbil October 6, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • Really need a choke to blow this game..

    Lar October 6, 2006, 6:46 pm
  • Ha. Nice Tin Cup reference, Gerb!

    SF October 6, 2006, 6:50 pm
  • Thanks, SF. Too bad we didn’t get to see him come up again. That would have been priceless.
    It’s a final in Oakland: A’s 8 Twins 3.
    Oakland gets plenty of rest before facing their next opponent. They have to feel good.

    attackgerbil October 6, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • ::off topic while waiting for the game to start::
    Hockey’s back!!! Any fellow Devil fans here?

    yankeemonkey October 6, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • I used to be the biggest Bruins fan on the face of the earth, but their ownership is about the worst in all of organized sports. After the rash of expansion their tightwad ways showed even more, and I lost a good deal of my interest in hockey. I am more curious about the game now with the new rules, but am still having a hard time with it. Hopefully I’ll get wooed back – hockey, a game I played, is a wonderful sport to watch when played at the highest of levels.

    SF October 6, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • So I’m guessing you weren’t enamoured of the Joe Thornton trade, SF?
    I like the new rules, for the most part. It opened up the ice a little bit. They were calling too many penalties last season though, but we’ll see what happens this year…You should give it a chance!

    yankeemonkey October 6, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Portland Winterhawks (U.S. Division, WHL) fan here. I still haven’t been lured back to the NHL (used to be a Sabres fan) but I have to find someone to root for other than the Wings, for whom my lady is absolutely rabid.

    attackgerbil October 6, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Let’s go, De-vils!
    They are looking absolutely dominant against Carolina so far….where was this in last year’s playoffs???!!!

    yankeemonkey October 6, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Let’s just not talk about the Thornton trade, ok? It embodied everything about the B’s ownership that I hate: take a great player, underdevelop him almost by intent (keep those salaries down!), blame him for the lack of success of the team despite the fact he’s surrounded by washed up guys (Paul Coffey? Brian Leetch? Rob Zamuner?), then trade him after a rancorous contract negotiation when the team is down for “former high draft picks with upside” (i.e. cheaper players who don’t look to ever have the leverage to demand top dollar). I hate the Jacobses.

    SF October 6, 2006, 8:05 pm

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